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Our Story & Vision to Luxury Home Building

Sterling Homes is a custom home builder specializing in custom homes and home remodeling in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We are an award-winning full-service firm dedicated to quality master craftsmanship using only the best materials and products to create custom home experiences to match every homeowner’s lifestyle.  Whether transitional, contemporary, or traditional, each of our clients receive creativity and one-of-a-kind expertise to balance style with function, all while optimizing budget.

Clients take comfort knowing that Owner Brad Olinger is on the job-site meticulously overseeing every detail.  Having grown up in the Cincinnati building business, custom home building is every bit who Brad is as a person, and as a business owner.  From the rolling hills that present unique design opportunities and abilities to capture fantastic views, to the quiet tree-lined suburban streets, building custom homes and remodeling historic homes has always inspired him.  This provides Brad with a unique passion for the business and relentless desire for quality craftsmanship.

The Team

Sterling Homes is a carefully assembled team of professionals who share this same commitment to excellence.  Each are the top in their field, masters of their craft, and bring with them only the highest standards in luxury custom home building.  Clients benefit from the team’s rich knowledge-base and extensive training, always offering the latest developments in their field while remaining firmly rooted in the practices that will stand the test of time.

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There is nothing more fulfilling than to know that we have delivered upon our promise to our clients, building homes of their dreams.  Perhaps second to this, is earning recognition in the community.  The following achievements are reflective of the work we have recently completed.



"The Woodburn”

  • First Place - Kitchen

  • First Place - Master Bedroom Suite

  • First Place - Study / Office / Library

  • First Place - Outdoor Living

  • Second Place - Master Bathroom

  • Second Place - Floor Plan

  • Second Place - Exterior


"The Jefferson”

  • People’s Choice - Favorite Home

  • Kid's Choice - Favorite Home

  • First Place - Kitchen

  • First Place - Lower Level

  • First Place - Master Bedroom

  • First Place - Master Bathroom

  • First Place - Exterior

  • First Place - Landscpaping

  • First Place - Outdoor Living

  • First Place - Favorite Decorating




  • People’s Choice – First Place Best Overall Home

  • People’s Choice – Second Place Best Decor

  • First Place – Best Decor

  • First Place – Best Dining Room

  • First Place -Best Family Room

  • First Place – Best Lower Level

  • Second Place – Best Exterior

  • Second Place – Best Kitchen



We are proud of the lasting relationships we have built with our clients. We listen, work hard and provide excellent service throughout the entire design-build process. Don’t just take it from us, see what just some of our client have had to say:


    "We loved Brad and his team even more at the end of the building process than at the beginning!  His attention to detail, creativity and customer service approach made the process really fun and the end result something we are so proud to have created with Sterling."


"Brad, his team, and his partners are a class act.  They are professional, have “can do” attitudes no matter what the request, and they are the best in their field.  We were extremely happy with the process and more importantly the end product.  We would build with Sterling again in a heartbeat and highly recommend them to anyone looking to build a custom home."


"We have been thrilled with our experience with Sterling Homes.  They have a team of true professionals and craftsman who guided us through this process, who felt like family by the end. We had a lot of fun creating a truly custom home and it's mind-blowing at how they were able to transform the different ideas that we had from pictures into reality.  We have the utmost respect and appreciation for the hardwork and care that went in to creating our home. We are very thankful for the opportunity and can't imagine going through this journey with any other group!"


    "We had an excellent experience working with Sterling Homes to build our family home. We enjoyed working with every last person on the team. From the project manager to interior designer - everyone was professional and kind. They all made what could have been an overwhelming process, a very enjoyable one. We would highly recommend Brad & The Sterling Team!"


"The team at Sterling Homes goes above and beyond to make the building process, from conception to completion, seamless.  We were blown away by the team’s unparalleled work ethic, attention to detail and professionalism.  Sterling Homes puts the client first every time; it became apparent very early on in the process that the team’s main goal is to leave you with a product you love and one the team is 100% proud of.  Sterling Homes is trustworthy, transparent and works tirelessly to build beautiful homes in our community.  We would recommend them 100% - and already have to many of our friends!"


    "Our experience working with Brad Olinger exceeded our expectations by far. Brad has a well-honed eye for both interior and exterior detail. We were so impressed when doing our selections that Brad was with us for every appointment. Not only that, when we couldn’t find just the right cabinetry for a 1/2 bath, he got online after hours and found us the perfect vanity and fixtures, AND saved us money by doing so! We truly appreciate the personal attention and timely communication that Brad extended to us. He kept is in the loop from the first shovel of dirt when our lot was cleared through to closing. If asked if we would build another home with Brad the answer is a resounding 'yes.' "


    "We moved into our Brad Olinger built home in November 2011 and have been extremely happy with our home. Brad has high integrity as a builder and as a person, and was always accessible during the building process and accommodating regarding our input and concerns. Brad’s approach to the building process was detailed and quality oriented, yet still cost conscious. We were impressed with how Brad shared his experience and expertise to guide us as to where we could cut costs with excellent results and where extra money would be well spent. Having built 4 other homes, this was by far our best experience and the final outcome far exceeded our expectations! We would not hesitate to recommend Brad and Sterling Homes to anyone looking to build their dream home."


    "We had the pleasure of working with Brad during the construction of our new home in the Summer of 2011. We first viewed the house in the middle of construction, and bought it shortly thereafter. The quality of construction is really unmatched on our street. There are homes built by many different builders on our street, all of whom participated in the Greenarama Home Show. Our home won many awards and it can all be attributed to Brad and his team. As our family grows and we look to move to another house, Brad will be our first contact. We would recommend him and his team to any of our family and friends!"


    “We had an incredible experience working with Brad Olinger, owner of Sterling Homes, and his team, Brett Hunnicutt and Casey Longbottom as well as Amy Holt with Designs on Madison. We pro-posed building a 20-foot-wide vertical LEED home in a flood zone by the river. The design and location had some unusual concerns. When we first met with Brad, he was confident that this experi-ence would be rewarding for us and they proved to be outstand-ing, attentive to our wishes and budget and focused on providing top-notch customer service. I would recommend Sterling Homes and give them a five-star rating.”


    “Building a new home can be a stressful process but the team at Sterling Homes made the entire process enjoyable - from designing and budgeting to making material selections and ultimately moving in. Sterling’s team is organized, professional, meticulous, friendly and honest. We hope to enjoy this home for many, many years but should we ever decide to move, we’ll build with Sterling again.”


    “Our experience with Sterling Homes was very professional and enjoyable. Brad and his team went above and beyond to make sure my wife and I were happy with our new home.”


    “Before we thought about building a new home, we were fortu-nate enough to have been guests in two houses built by Sterling Homes. We were immediately impressed with the quality and professional upgrades. When a lot became available for pur-chase, we were thrilled it was owned by Sterling. Brad organized a professional and friendly team including the interior consultant and architect. He helped us stay focused on our budget and con-sciously assisted several upgrades. One year later we are thrilled with the choices we made, and enjoy our dream home.”


    “If there is one piece of advice I could give to someone who is thinking of building a home it is this: People and personal connections get things done, not contracts. Building a home is an amazing experience, if you are able to communicate with your builder. We selected Sterling Homes over three other builders, because they understood and listened to us. You become part of the family, and Sterling takes care of their family.”


    “Thanks so much! You’ve built us a home worthy of Architectural Digest! We never thought we’d ever live in such a fabulous house!”


    “We loved our building experience with Sterling Homes. From the personalized plans, dedicated interior design and extremely re-sponsive team, we not only got our dream home, but loved the entire process of getting here.”


    “Before we secured the purchase of our lot, we chose Sterling Homes as the builder. Through the entire process, we established a trusting friendship with Brad Olinger (owner of Sterling Homes). I felt that he understood what our values and vision were and was able to guide us through the entire process. He was very conscious of cost, budget and timeline, which were all a priority to us. Sterling Homes delivered a well-built home that we are proud to come home to each day and raise our family.”


    "We had the pleasure of working with Brad Olinger and Sterling Homes for a new home build in the Cincinnati area.  We had our heart set on a very difficult lot that has a view of the Ohio river and partial city view.  Most builders and potential buyers were scared of the lot given the difficult terrain.  Brad had no fear and a wonderful vision.  He and the entire Sterling team gave us a finished product that exceeded our expectation.  A joy to work with from start to finish."